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Libya:Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam captured in southern Libya – NTC

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Laaska news  Nov.19,2011

Saif al-Islam (AFP Photo / Imed Lamloum)

Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam has been arrested in southern Libya, according to NTC officials. The news was broken by the country’s justice minister and later confirmed by the Council’s spokesman Mohammed al-Allaqi, as quoted by Al Arabiya TV reports.
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The National Transitional Council (NTC) has released a photo they claim was taken after the Saif al-Islam was captured Saturday. He appears to have received injuries to his hand in the firefight that ensued when fighters maneuvered to detain him.
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Seif al-Islam at an indisclosed location after he was arrested in the south of Libya on November 19, 2011 (AFP Photo / Libya Al-Ahrar)

An NTC commander said Saif was arrested 30 miles west of the town of Ubari along with two of his aides.  Libya’s acting justice minister Mohammed al-Alagi told the Associated Press (AP) Saif al-Islam was captured while traveling in a convoy and was taken to the Western mountain town of Zintan, which is under the control of a powerful faction of armed groups known as the Zintan brigades.  Al-Alagi says Saif al-Islam will be transported to Tripoli soon.
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A spokesman for the Zintan brigades, Bashir al-Tlayeb, claimed Saif had been captured while attempting to flee to Niger.  
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However, this is not the first time reports regarding Saif’s capture have circulated in Libya. As rebel forces drove into the heart of Tripoli on August 22, fighters claimed Saif had been detained. That report, which was later confirmed by the International Criminal Court (ICC), would later be proven false, as Saif met with journalists a day later. And as the siege of Sirte was coming to an end on October 20, it was widely reported that Saif had either been killed or captured. Despite those rumors, it was later determined he had successfully managed to flee the city.

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Likewise, Saif’s younger brother Khamis was also subject to numerous reports regarding his death that later proved to be unfounded.  Khamis was first said to have been killed during a bombing raid on his family’s Bab Al Aziziya Compound in Tripoli on March 20.  Al Arabiya confirmed the report, citing unnamed sources.  After that report was disproven, a rebel spokesman then falsely claimed that Khamis died during an August 5 airstrike.  However, reports that he was killed when a NATO helicopter destroyed a convoy he was traveling in on August 29 would later be confirmed by pro-Gaddafi forces.

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While Saif had vowed to die fighting in Libya, it was widely speculated that he had fled to Niger on October 28. And while those rumors were never verified, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou did confirm last Saturday that his country would grant asylum to Saif should he request it.

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Saif, who was long expected to succeed Muammar Gaddafi, had vowed to fight on after his father’s brutal murder a month ago in his home town of Sirte. He, along with former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against the Libyan people. Saif vehemently denies the charges.

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The ICC issued warrants on June 27 over charges of crimes against humanity in crushing anti-regime protests. 

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It remains to be seen if the NTC will comply with UN Resolution 1970 and hand Saif over to the Hague tribunal.  

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While awaiting confirmation that Saif al-Islam had in fact been captured, an ICC spokesman stressed that Libya had an obligation under international law to cooperate with the court and ensure that Saif’s rights be respected.   

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